I had the exact idea for this dress about a year ago, when I first stumbled on this pattern. I believe it was a part of the first or second batch of vintage patterns I found at my favorite thrift store.
Has anyone else ever felt an instant attraction to a pattern? I knew as soon as I saw this one that I would have to make it. I have such a weakness for over-sized lapels! Now, I am lucky to work somewhere with pretty loose dress code requirements (as much as it stresses me out on a near daily basis. . .) As stressful, messy, and tiring as it can be, I do like to sometimes put in a little extra effort and wear something that I especially enjoy. My work friends are all so incredibly supportive of my little hobby and their enthusiasm makes it that much more fun to be extra at work. The only things I had to keep in mind were the hem length and the colors used. Unless I misread the guidelines, I should be good!
They say that cosplay can be liberating because it allows you to be more of who you are through costume. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt more true to myself. In this photo I’m giving some pigeons side-eye in a back ally. I feel like I could be in a Scorsese film and I love it.
Details on construction. This was more complicated than I anticipated! I threw myself a curve-ball by insisting on piping every single seam. I also couldn’t find ANY buttons that matched my green fabric, so I got the little domed metal ones and used the left-over scraps to make my own. This is finicky work, so of course I had to go and make two extras just for the sleeves. On the plus side, I’m really good at making my own bias tape and piping now.
Collars keep me humble. For whatever reason, the corners on the left side of my collar came out perfectly, the right side. . . not so much. I honestly love piping so much. It’s a headache and a half, it adds so much time to a project, but I adore it and will probably use it more now that I’m so much more confident with it.
The over-sized lapels are my favorite, but my second favorite part is this bit at the waist. Unfortunately, I have to wear an apron at work so it will be all covered up. Bummer. (Edit: I made this dress out of an old bed sheet that I indented on using for a mock-up. Shoulda followed that impulse. . . Still, that makes this one of the cheapest projects I’ve ever made.)
Ah, so moody. I am planning on wearing this at work tomorrow, I hope it doesn’t get ruined! I also hope that everyone like it and that upper management doesn’t have too many opinions. I can tell you which one of those scenarios is most likely. . .
I have to close out this post by thanking my delightful husband for not only taking these pictures, but also getting me an actual camera as an early present! I can’t wait to be taking better pictures for all of my projects, rather than taping my phone to the wall and hoping for the best.